One of the frustrating things about the reboot that DC a year ago was the seemingly hurly burly way that they communicated what was in continuity and what wasn’t. Depending on who you listened to, for example, the Teen Titans has existed as they had in the pre-Flashpoint DCU or that the Perez era would no longer exist. Some stories were considered in continuity, such as Identity Crisis, but some of the characters (such as Connor Hawke) did not.
With a year under their belt DC has begun to document the history of their characters in this month’s Zero issues with “Who’s Who” entries. And while it does give some insight into “what stayed” it also shows that there may still be some of “yeah we’re still figuring it out.”
Let’s start with the background of Jim Gordon. Prior to the new 52 Scott Snyder wrote the incredibly good Black Mirror arc which brought back Gordon’s son James, Jr. and slowly revealed him to be a sadistic killer. James has been seen in the new 52 and Snyder has said that the background he wrote for the character is intact. And now we see that in Gordon’s biography:
His daughter Barbara defends Gotham as the costumed vigilante Batgirl, and his son James Jr. is a deeply troubled psychopath and murderer. Even after facing the trauma of his son’s current state and Barbara’s being shot by the Joker, Commissioner Gordon has persevered and continues to be one of Gotham’s true leaders.
Well at least the murderer part. Not sure the other parts of the story are still around. I would hope that Barbara would be a little more concerned about him given what happened in the climax of that story. But I’ll be interested to learn more.
The Green Arrow entry is interesting as well. Ollie has been considerably deaged in the new 52, at one point he was described as his early 20s, which was used as the reason that Connor Hawke no longer existed. But Roy Harper, Ollie’s young protege, has been there since the new 52 existed. How does Roy fit into that history?
Green Arrow is also no stranger to the rest of the DC Universe, although as his relationship with Roy Harper, AKA Arsenal, has yet to be fully explained and his repeated attempts to join the Justice League have so far failed.
Fully explained or explained at all? Anyone know?
Each of the entries ends with questions that could, possibly, make one speculate.
For example, this one from Earth 2 in regards to characters moving from one Earth to another and name checking Mr. Terrific, Power Girl and Huntress, we see this:
Have other mystery characters made this journey?
I am going to guess … yes.
In the next week’s other 0 issues debut and it will be interesting to see if these character “Who’s who” give us any new light on some other history:
Will Batgirl’s mention anything about Barbara Gordon being Oracle?
Will the entries for Batman and Robin and Batman give us any updated details on the history of the Robins, Red Robins and Robins who probably never existed anymore?
Will the Birds of Prey clarify whether whether the group existed in a format as it did before and what is the relationship between Batgirl and Black Canary?
Will Catwoman shed any light on her history with Batman or whether her history from Batman Year One still exists?
What questions about the new 52 would you like see answered in these “Who’s Who?”
Excuse me a moment.
What about my New Teen Titan babies, DC? What about my Robins? What?
Shit Robin Fans Say.
“Haha… they’re trying to tell me Tim’s straight.”
The dude tried to clone his “best friend” over 100 times.
I almost get a little angry whenever DC tries to pair him with another girl character.
He’s a dude who is in love with his best friend. What’s so wrong with that?
Also, the Jason parts are all true for me.